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Andy Carroll saga: Liverpool playing hardball, Newcastle priced out of move

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The ongoing speculation over Andy Carroll’s future continues, as the will-he, won’t-he talk of a transfer rolls on. Much has been made of Brendan Rodgers’ intentions to play others ahead of the England international for Liverpool this season, but the Northern Irish manager still will not let the forward leave on the cheap; especially to former club Newcastle.

The burly attacker’s disappointing return at Anfield since his £35 million move to Merseyside back in January 2011 has been well-documented, with a return of six goals last season not satisfactory to win over the Kop. With Rodgers bringing in Fabio Borini to spearhead his forward line alongside Luis Suarez, Carroll is seemingly an expensive extra that Liverpool do not need, or want.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that Andy has been a cover player for us,” Rodgers told reporters.

He has been excellent in terms of his attitude and his acceptance of where he is at but, for us as a football club, and I am talking generically here, I’m not sure we are in a position to have £35m players as third-choice strikers or wingers who might be on £5m-£6m a year. I don’t think the football club is in that position.

“This is the challenge that I have to work something but it is not going to be done overnight.

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The problem in the first place was the extortionate fee that Liverpool paid for Carroll as a panic replacement for Fernando Torres. The forward has struggled due to the enormous weight of expectation placed on his shoulders; the pressure must be overwhelming. Newcastle have effectively caused Carroll’s downfall due to their lofty demands, and are now getting a taste of their own medicine whilst trying to bring the player back to Tyneside.

Alan Pardew’s men have had both a loan offer and a ‘derisory bid’ (thought to be £12 million) for Carroll spurned by the Reds. Newcastle have bullied Liverpool once in the transfer market by pushing up the price, and Rodgers is obviously determined to avoid a repeat, despite admitting that he is willing to sell the star.

The financial tug-of-war will most probably continue as deadline day approaches, but Carroll can expect to remain at Anfield for the time being. With Liverpool trying to limit the financial loss they make on the player they are consequently pricing him out of a sale. West Ham have also been accredited with an interest, but the player seems reluctant to move to the newly-promoted side.
When it comes to Newcastle, Liverpool are clearly keen to turn the tables and make the Sports Direct Arena outfit pay over the odds. The only difference? Newcastle will not pay it.

An offer in the region of around £20 million will be needed for Rodgers to accept a substantial loss on Carroll and let him leave, which is a figure that will not be matched. Newcastle spent £10 million on the prolific Papiss Cisse; are they really going to double it for a player out of form? Other suitors will be scared off also, and for the foreseeable future Carroll will have to knuckle down at Liverpool and prove his considerable doubters, including Brendan Rodgers, wrong.

Comments (11)

  1. …English players are always expensive, overrated and overpaid

    • Don’t agree – it’s just that the ones that are get a lot of press attention. There are plenty of decent English pros who quietly get on with their job and don’t get overhyped. At NUFC I could name Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor and Steve Harper, and there are numerous players in less fashionable PL clubs who don’t grab the headlines all the time.

      Of course the PL has attracted lots of high quality overseas talent, but there have also been many examples of very expensive flops…

  2. Why do people keep claiming that NUFC has ‘bullied’ Liverpool, or somehow been sneaky or played dirty regarding the sale of Carroll? It’s even more silly to suggest that they are getting a ‘taste of their own medicine’.

    Transfers of players between clubs is a simple market transaction. NUFC didn’t want to sell Carroll and only did so because Liverpool were foolish enough to offer a ridiculous fee. NUFC would like Carroll back, but not at any price, and Liverpool are being again foolish by imagining that any other club would pay such money again for him. If they really are being churlish about selling him back to NUFC (which I strongly doubt) then this would be a breathtakingly childish attitude to a huge business deal.

    But then again all of this is just journo-talk, and based on almost no real information.

  3. “Newcastle have effectively caused Carroll’s downfall due to their lofty demands, and are now getting a taste of their own medicine”. Are you for real? NUFC didn’t want to sell Carroll. If there was ‘bullying’ going on, it was from Liverpool, desperate to appease fans after squeezing 50 mil out of Chelsea for Torres (who also flopped for a long time). ‘Pool are asking more than he’s worth, so keep him. Be realistic and grown up about it and there might be a deal. He is no longer Newcastle’s problem.

  4. rodgers u are a man please keep up play hard on them let him don’t go cheap please 20million pounds is good or let him seat at the beanch.

  5. There is one IDIOT in this whole mess FOOLGLISH !!! He went out and bought Carroll for £35 million,Downing £20 million,Henderson £17 million,Adam £9 million,then last January gave spearing a new contract :-( what a complete IDIOT ??? Now none want to leave due to a lesser club who can’t afford there wages due to FOOLGLISH ? And if I was them I wouldn’t either,and I’m a lpool fan :-( Worst manager ever in premier league :-( EVER !!! And some Liverpool fans wanted to give the Clown FOOLGLISH more time :-( What to keep playing Carroll downing Henderson Adam & spearing week in week out ??? MUPPET of the highest order ? Walk alone FOOLGLISH,your LEGEND status is DESTROYED !!!

  6. Brendan Rodgers is being disrespectful to Carroll!!! It’s not the boys fault that LFC paid £35m for him… Give the lad a chance, he will come good… YNWA!!!

  7. All Rodgers said was that he has to sell players to be able to buy new players. He did not and I repeat for the less intelligent hackers pushing this story HE DID NOT mention Carroll. He, Rodgers needs more strikers not less. The players he wants to sell are Cole, Adam, Spearing and Henderson.

    • @Bill

      “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that Andy has been a cover player for us,” Rodgers told reporters.

      “He has been excellent in terms of his attitude and his acceptance of where he is at but, for us as a football club, and I am talking generically here, I’m not sure we are in a position to have £35m players as third-choice strikers or wingers who might be on £5m-£6m a year. I don’t think the football club is in that position.”

  8. If liverpool want more players why are they selling such amazing players no wonder thier not winning their matches All the good strickers are gone. Liverpool need money and striikers

  9. The transfers is obviously overpaid. The disadvantage of this is that the player has to suffer the pressure.